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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Ben Chu,
the Economics Editor
at The Independent and Ruth Lea,
who's an Economics Adviser
for the Arbuthnot Banking Group.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The FT leads with news
that the German government has
taken a step towards breaking
a four-month deadlock,
as Angela Merkel's Social Democratic
party voted in favour
of formal coalition talks.
The front page of The Express
features the BBC's interview
with French President Emmanuel
Macron and his comments that French
people would also vote to leave
the EU if they had the chance.
The I says wildlife conservationists
have issued a warning that the UK
is aiding sales of ivory,
because there is no outright ban
on sales on the illegal goods.
The Telegraph leads with a story
about the British Army,
the paper says that a lack
of resources means our troops
are struggling to keep up
with military advances in other
countries like Russia.
So it's a mixed bag of stories
from those papers there,
this with lots to discuss and more
front pages still to come in.
Ben and Ruth, let's start things off
with our first story.
is the children's. The story of a
local, -- pendulum. With the
government in the peripheral and
time nobody looks like former
coalition talks might be able to
start, achieves success? -- Angela
This is good news for her,
it has been for months now since the
inconclusive results of the Federal
elections which everybody expected
her to do well in and not have these
difficulties. Failed attempt to form
a coalition with the Liberals and
the Greens and now she has had to go
back to her old partners, the Social
Democrats, they voted today to open
talks for a new grand coalition.
Good news in the short term but
really a reminder of how quickly
political fortunes can change.
Angela Merkel was talked about last
summer of the strongest leader in
the EU and now she is really
hobbled, it initiates this together
she will not be in the driving seat.
Presumably have to make a lot of
concessions to Martin Schultz and
the general consensus is that she
will not be leading her party into
the next set of federal elections in
We have got so used to her
being the leader of Europe, haven't
we? It is quite incredible to see
her here really struggling to hold
Germany was the leader
in Europe, unquestionably. It is
interesting about Martin Short, in
September the SPD did very badly.
They suffered having been in the
party and Martin Schultz said I am
not going into any more coalition
's. However it seems as though he
has soft and that view -- softened
that view and they will talk about
the detailed coalition arrangement
where there will be a lot of
concessions from Angela Merkel to
keep him on side. Then the detailed
agreement has to go to the SPD
membership, six months after the
election, the membership may throw
it out. She has gone almost
certainly from hero to zero. There
has really been a vacuum, who has
stepped in to its? Emmanuel Macron.
BSP to very many places. He has even
hosted President Trump in the Eiffel
Tower. Lots of people said they
handled him very well. Let's have a
look at expressed. -- of the
express. What he said about the
French if they ever had a chance to
have a referendum on the EU, he
thought they might vote for Frexit,
as it is known. Will that happen?
Hasn't given them a choice any time
soon. The point was he gives it will
a binary choice in the referendum
and people don't understand the
implications. He is making the point
that if you want people to to vote,
you have to give something concrete
to vote for which is also addressing
the reasons why they are feeling
that things are not the way they
should be. He has told Andrew Marr
that he didn't think the UK
referendum gave this opportunity. He
has been getting rave reviews from
UK political analysts and pundits it
is a straightforward way he has
approached all of these questions
thrown at him and I think that comes
over in this. Would friends vote for
Frexit? Quite possibly. -- France.
bit of fresh air. We are so
surprised when a politician answers
I think he has had a
good visit and the truth is he won't
let the French people have a vote on
this at all.
And what became the
Lisbon Treaty in 2005, French voted
against the initial constitution and
it was ignored. That is called
democracy by the way. He had a good
meeting and also I assured his
relationship with Theresa May it was
good. Them agreed on the bilateral
agreement on security and talked
about Britain getting a bespoke
trade deal with the EU. There was a
lot of other stuff which was noise
but on the whole it was
He will have a pivotal
role, assumedly. He said I am not
doing the negotiating, it is up to
Michel Barnier, but he is clearly
going to be a figure in this.
Angela Merkel are absolutely pivotal
is that this is where the language
of the Brexit debate gets confusing,
he says bespoke deal but it doesn't
mean this bespoke deal that a lot of
people who support Brexit are hoping
for which is a very, a lot of
services involved and special
carveouts for the U.K.'s. It could
mean anything from what I have
described to a very limited deal
which is what Canada has, certainly
far below what Brexiteers and Brexit
ministers are roping. In -- are
hoping for. He has been very clear
about this, which again is
refreshing. If you are not the EU
you cannot be in the single market
in the way that you previously were.
You don't get the benefits of the
single market unless you are in the
single market. That is a pretty
sobering message for people hoping
for a very good deal of getting the
All down to
negotiation. As far as I am
concerned, a bespoke deal doesn't
need to cover very much a. A
continuation of tariff free trade
and something with financial
services. This is saying that we
have a deal where both parties
Let's move on to UKIP. The
Guardian, UKIP in crisis after
leader loses vote of confidence.
Henry Bolte and's reskill friend,
with her for three weeks, sent text
which were deemed to be offensive
and racist and he has seemingly
ditched her. Can he survive this?
don't think so silly didn't he go
for a meal after having broken up?
Yes, apparently she restrain to get
I don't see how he can
survive, the national executive
committee has the confidence but the
bigger question is will UKIP
survive? I think this will become a
rump party. Nigel Farage is in the
wings with his friend Aaron Banks
and they will put some sort of
movement together no doubt after the
loot, leave movements are already
there and to keep the reason they's
feet to the fire, what ever Glory...
It all sounds violent. Nigel Farage
did say that there is a role for a
party like UKIP, if it can pull
itself together because there are
people who feel that the government
might the backsliding on Brexit, a
soft Brexit, you may not notice we
have left, maybe there is a role but
at the moment it is not working out
The thing about UKIP is,
they have always had the stories of
sort of, loose cannons around them,
this is not a new phenomenon, it has
been going back for years with some
of the slightly bigoted people
attracted to it. It did seem to be a
big hindrance in the past, support
going up and did very well in the
European elections, came top.
Despite stories, the trouble is that
since and the election, it has no
traction at all it seems, it seems
to have collapsed in support. Most
leaders, if you're executive
committee says they have no
confidence, there is no chance he
would carry on but such is the
state, Henry Bolte and obviously
thinks he has earned chance of the
membership backing him speaks to the
dysfunction in the movement.
think they can survive without a
character like Nigel Farage? It
seems without him, they cannot.
think they are employed in, quite
frankly. I think Nigel Farage will
be back on our screens because he
does not like to spell away.
There is an organisation
called leave means leave, I suspect
that he will take that over.
the Times. Trust in social media
hits record low amid fears over fake
news. It is interesting that
mainstream media, a bump in people
's trust of mainstream media, TV,
radio and newspapers. This talks to
all sorts of things about Twitter
and other social media, people don't
necessarily trust it.
argue it is an encouraging story
because people are waking up to the
fact that fake news exist and one of
the main platforms for it is
Facebook. The trouble is, you are
comparing mainstream newspapers and
television is with Facebook is not
comparing like with like as a
source, a lot of people don't know
it. Betting if you open up Facebook,
it is not a producer of news it is a
platform for all sorts of content
coming onto it from all sources. So
one quarter of people trust the tech
publishing giants, that is
encouraging people seem to be waking
up to reality that they are not
reading some in from the content
producer just a random string of
stuff. Newspapers and TV actually
take responsibility for what goes on
this topic you could argue about its
politically -- validity, but someone
has taken charge of it.
I assume for
a lot of young people getting their
news from Facebook and Twitter, it
is completely different, getting and
digestive and news very differently
from an older generation.
that is where the Tory party fell
down so badly during the last
election. In this particular article
there is another important point
made that people are concerned about
how extremism is portrayed on the
social media and the cyber bullying.
Patrols and all of that. We have
heard a lot about this recently, so
not merely do they think it is fake
news but they also think it needs
more regulation. There is a freedom
on social media that a lot of people
like but it is abused. Something has
to be done.
Can you regulate
Facebook Tom Twitter in the same
Markers after Burke is actually
taking some serious action in recent
weeks to actually move a lot of
journalism off of the feeds,
downgrading it in response to these
concerns that it is feeding social
media bubbles and all of this fake
news getting pushed into people 's
lives through the platform.
Actually, maybe we will see how it
goes but that's it is neglecting its
off to some extent a bit there is
the point that a lot of social media
You choose the
ones you want to hear and they are
often people who agree with you and
there is a lot of talk about this
discussion that people disagree with
each other is disappearing.
be true, but was it so different in
the past? You bought the paper that
reflected your, I was going to see
prejudices, or opinion. -- says.
People are selective in what they
read, they are and they have to be.
Let's move on, finally, to the
Telegraph. It has got a little piece
here. There has been a lot of people
in Westminster very upset about big
then, the fact it is being
refurbished and not act to its
former glory for many years. Covered
in scaffolding, it is resurrected
now and then and some saying that
when we leave the EU it should be
Passports and again seemed
to be the big symbols of Brexit.
am all in favour.
images of Britain, as you were
saying, David Liddington, the
cabinet minister is not saying it
won't happen, he is saying there are
presently no arrangements for it. It
seems to be a way of the Telegraph
bouncing the government into saying
that it definitely will bong.
shall raise a glass to you.
what we are seeing here is the start
of a campaign, maybe.
launch a petition to get this going?
I must tweet for this, Big Ben bongs
for Brexit. And stamps. We had
stamps when we joined in 1974 and as
I said earlier, I possess a set of
these stamps, a first day cover. I
think we should have stamps. I am
using this opportunity to say to the
Royal Mail, get your stamps out.
Stamps and Big Ben.
Thank you so much. That is it
for the papers tonight. You can see
the front pages online and on the
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Thank you Ben and Ruth.